Recently converted tight end, Gerrell Robinson, hopes to make the final roster of the Denver Broncos. Lead Writer, Chad Jensen, ponders whether or not he can do it. Image Credit: milehighreport.com
Gerrell Robinson played wide receiver for the Arizona Sun Devils. Coming out of college in 2012, he went undrafted, but the Denver Broncos signed him and brought him into camp, as a WR, to compete.
As the #1 target for Brock Osweiler during their time at Arizona State, the Broncos probably thought Robinson would serve as an excellent security blanket for their young QB.
In college, Robinson racked up 135 receptions for 2,071 yards and 12 TDs. Coming out of college, he was 6'4, 215lbs. He has excellent size, but he's isn't a burner. His 40 time was 4.62.
As a receiver, he is the quintessential big-bodied possession receiver, who can use his size to get open and win jump balls.
Unfortunately, in 2012, Robinson was cut when the Broncos trimmed their roster down to 53 guys. They subsequently signed him to the practice squad.
Since then, he bounced around to the Arizona Cardinals and back to the Broncos again.
Early last season, Robinson was approached by the Broncos' brass and asked to switch from wide receiver to tight end.
At 215lbs, he's too small to be a tight end. However, at the Broncos' rookie mini-camp last week, Robinson told the press that he's added 20lbs to his frame, putting him at 6'4, 235lbs. That puts him in the small range of a tight end. Julius Thomas, for example, is 6'5, 250lbs, which means that G-Rob probably still plans on putting around 10 more pounds on.
In two swings (2012 & 2013), Robinson was unable to make the Broncos' 53-man roster, not because he's deficient in talent, but because the team is stacked at WR.
I've always really like Robinson's game. I love his combination of size and athleticism. Provided he can prove himself as an in-line blocker, I could see him finally making the team this year.
Currently, the Broncos have 7 tight ends on the roster. Julius Thomas, Virgil Green, Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreessen, Jameson Konz, Cameron Morrah, and Gerrell Robinson.
Last season, the Broncos carried 4 tight ends on the roster. Thomas, Green, Tamme, and Dreessen. With Tamme and Dreessen's contracts accounting for a combined $7.5M against the salary cap, they are both prime candidates to be cut, provided a young player can shine and give the team confidence to move on.
Young studs, Thomas and Green, are both locks to make the team. Thomas shines in the passing game and Green as a blocker. But Robinson would be another young, athletic tight end to groom behind them.
In the Broncos' rookie mini-camp, Robinson received 100% of the reps. If he can continue to progress and flash in training camp, the Broncos' tight end corps could look like this:
Julius Thomas, Virgil Green, Jacob Tamme, Gerrell Robinson.
The Broncos' tight ends coach, Clancy Barrone, has a stellar track record of grooming talented young players, including Julius Thomas, Antonio Gates and Alge Crumpler. I, for one, hope that Gerrell Robinson can one day be in that same conversation.
What do you think, Broncos Country? Does Robinson have a good chance to make the team this year as a tight end? Tell us in the comments!
Chad Jensen is Lead Writer for ThatsGoodBroncos.com. Follow him on Twitter @CJ_BroncosPFS.
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